Le Méridien Sparkling Happy Hour: Serving Global Cocktails Unique to Local Areas

November 2, 2014 Leigh Powell Hines

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts are putting back the sparkle in happy hour this fall and winter.  The trendy, European-inspired hotels in the Starwood Brand, have tapped into local flavors to curate spritzers and cocktails unique to its local area as part of the new global beverage program called Le Méridien Sparkling . During one of the most festive times of the year, guests and visitors of Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts  are  invited to have a taste of French sophistication in the hotel  lobby space, the Hub. Each evening, all Le Méridien Hubs transform from coffee bars into swanky ‘Sparkling’ lounges, featuring an eclectic playlist from French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague.

Here are some of the divine cocktails being served up globally, from Charlotte, N.C. to Budapest, and places in between.

Le Méridien Stuttgart Mexican Snowman Cocktail

Le Méridien Stuttgart is creating the Mexican Snowman in Germany.  This cocktail is made with tequila coffee liquor combined with cherry liquor, topped with Rose’s lime juice, hazelnut syrup and finished off with Laurent Perrier.

You can find Santa’s Rosy Cheeks at Le Méridien Chicago Oakbrook-Center. This is a festive vodka-based cocktail with peppermint-infused syrup, crushed peppermint and mint leaves.

Sparkling cocktails at Le Le Méridien


The Le Méridien Budapest is serving the Autumn Spritz.  This fall-inspired cocktail consists of vodka and apple juice with freshly sliced pear and apple, topped with soda

cocktails inspired by fall and winter

In my home state of North Carolina, the Le Méridien Charlotte is offering guests the Charlotte Sling. I asked for the recipe so that you can have it at home, too. Get the ingredients and taste a little bit of North Carolina with me. The Charlotte Sling from   Le Méridien Charlotte The Charlotte Sling

3 dashes of bitters

1.5 oz. Queen Charlotte’s Reserve

1.5 oz. fresh orange juice

1 oz. club soda

.5 oz. maple syrup

Stir, add ice and garnish with orange peel

As you whip up a travel-inspired cocktail, listen to this playlist that you would hear if you were at the Le Méridien. Bring resort inspired cocktails in your own home is one way that you can experience travel year-round.

Katja  has been living the #SPGLIFE in Bali this week. Be sure to check her Instagram feed for beautiful photos in the Starwood Collection. The St. Regis just looks dreamy.

Skimbaco is living the #SPGLife in Bali


Post by Leigh Hines

Leigh Hines, hotel and family travel expert | Skimbaco Lifestyle


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Leigh Powell Hines

Leigh Powell Hines, a former TV Journalist/Communications Executive, combined motherhood and her journalism experience and started The Hines-Sight Blog to inspire parents to pack their bags for family travels in and around North Carolina, where she resides. Leigh knows the best in family travel, but as a parent in her mid-forties, she seeks out restaurants and hotels that adults can enjoy, too. Luxury hotels are Leigh’s passion, and she is ready to travel the world, one luxury hotel at a time. Connect with Leigh on Twitter @Hinessightblog, Facebook and check out Hines-Sight Blog on Pinterest.

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